Connecting Twin Cities businesses with top-tier talent

We are executive recruiters focused on providing accounting, finance, and C-level leadership for Minneapolis and St. Paul area companies.

Niche-focused recruitment and consulting

Headwaters Search draws upon a far-reaching network of professional connections to better serve the Twin Cities businesses, attracting, evaluating, and placing senior, executive, and C-suite financial talent.

Accounting

Providing the accounting talent to keep your business running at the peak of efficiency.

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Executive Search

We are Minneapolis recruiters with 20-plus years of experience in high-level retained executive search.

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Finance

The finance talent and leadership we deliver will allow you to meet and exceed your targeted growth goals.

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Depth Finder The Engaged Search and Recruitment Process

Our search and recruitment process is designed to discover and tap into the reservoir of top tier talent in the marketplace, whether or not they are actively charting the waters for their next career move. Our thorough and in-depth approach ensures the individual that is selected accepts the offer and becomes a key player with our client company.

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Step 1

Meet with our client and their hiring team to probe deeper and get a sharper understanding of the role.

Step 2

Establish and agree upon a job description which includes observable and measurable performance requirements (KPIs).

Step 3

Agree upon the individual traits that will ensure a strong cultural fit.

Step 4

Create a Positive Job Profile (PJP) that ignites the interest of tier one talent.

Step 1

We execute a targeted research strategy, utilizing our 360 degree market knowledge to identify potential candidates.

Step 2

Headwaters breaks the surface, making contact and strategically presenting the Positive Job Profile, marketing the position and our client's brand to the prospect.

Step 3

Our recruiters make follow up contact, testing the waters and gauging the candidates reaction, exploring their background and uncovering their motivation to make a change.

Step 4

We spend more time with the prospect, conducting sessions of behavioral interviews, determining technical and communication skills, as well as assessing any problem areas.

Step 1

We present our client with a short list of tier one candidates who are fully vetted and committed to pursuing the opportunity.

Step 2

Bringing our in-depth knowledge of the candidates to bear, we assist in the internal interview process.

Step 3

We take a full measure of the candidate, conducting detailed reference checks that inquire about the specific skills required for the position.

Step 4

Headwaters assists in the development and extension of a highly competitive and attractive job offer.

Step 1

A 30 and 90 day follow up is conducted with both client and candidate to ensure expectations are being met and there are no post-hire surprises.

Step 2

Debrief with client team to discuss recruiting and hiring process to determine any refinements needed for future projects.

Our Case Studies. Your Resource.

Change jobs during a pandemic? 
Candidates | David Dodge, CPC

Change jobs during a pandemic? 

As risky as that action sounds, that is what a dozen or so of our candidates did over the past 18 months.  We were, of course, excited to help them find their next roles at t

Comparing Job Offers – How Do You Choose?
Candidates | David Dodge, CPC

Comparing Job Offers – How Do You Choose?

Let’s paint the picture. You’ve put your time in at the Big Four accounting firm, but it’s not likely you’re going to receive that next promotion to Manager (or Senio

CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS CONSULTANT- Career Opportunity
Job Opportunities | David Dodge, CPC

CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS CONSULTANT- Career Opportunity

Minneapolis Suburbs CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS CONSULTANT Are you a controller or accounting manager with a construction industry background? Have you been through one or mor

How to Give Employees Constructive Feedback
Clients | David Dodge, CPC

How to Give Employees Constructive Feedback

As managers, we intuitively know that giving and getting honest feedback is essential to grow and develop, and to build successful organizations.  So why is it that many

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT – Career Opportunity
Job Opportunities | David Dodge, CPC

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT – Career Opportunity

Minneapolis Suburbs We have been retained by a local CPA firm to identify experienced Senior Accountants to join their leadership team. The Senior Accountant is responsibl

SENIOR AUDIT AND ASSURANCE ACCOUNTANT – Career Opportunity
Job Opportunities | David Dodge, CPC

SENIOR AUDIT AND ASSURANCE ACCOUNTANT – Career Opportunity

Minneapolis Suburbs Our client is one of the top-rated CPA firms in the Twin Cities.  They have a need to add a Senior Audit and Assurance professional to their A &am

SENIOR TAX MANAGER – Career Opportunity
Job Opportunities | David Dodge, CPC

SENIOR TAX MANAGER – Career Opportunity

Minneapolis Suburbs We have been retained by a local CPA firm to identify a Senior Manager to join their leadership team. This role is an advanced technician that supports

Stop Losing Your Best People
Clients | David Dodge, CPC

Stop Losing Your Best People

As the economy begins to pick back up, your top performers may end up getting offers from other companies.  In past downturns and recoveries, many talented people jumped

TAX MANAGER – Career Opportunity
Job Opportunities | David Dodge, CPC

TAX MANAGER – Career Opportunity

Minneapolis Suburbs We have been retained by a local CPA firm to identify experienced Business Tax Managers to join their leadership team. As a Tax Manager you will pla

Time for a Change?
Client Resources | David Dodge, CPC

Time for a Change?

As you can see from my below photo and the attached picture, I’ve recently gone through a change in my personal appearance. Not sure what possessed me to do this. The bea